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Aftershocks in Craig rumble to 3 a.m.

Posted: January 5, 2013 - 12:14pm  |  Updated: January 6, 2013 - 1:13am

Aftershocks from a magnitude 7.5 earthquake shook residents of Craig into the early hours of Saturday morning. The quake occurred around midnight, its epicenter approximately 60 miles west of the Prince of Wales Island community.

“It woke everybody up,” 20-year Craig resident Bob Claus said in a telephone interview Saturday morning, “It was a long one. Things were falling off shelves. It was definitely the biggest I’ve ever felt.”

Claus said he didn’t see a tsunami come into Craig. He said he lives on a hill so he didn’t have to evacuate, though dozens of people left homes nearer the water.

“There was more traffic than anybody’s seen in Craig at night,” Claus said, “And it was all heading out of town an up into the hills.”

Claus said he was awoken by several aftershocks — the last shake at around 3 a.m.

“The Pacific plate is active,” Claus said, taking into account Friday’s temblor and a magnitude 6.4 quake near the Queen Charlotte Islands on Oct. 28 “makes it a little more interesting place to live.”

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or russell.stigall@juneauempire.com

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